The Green Party of Saskatchewan (GPS) thinks Saskatchewan Education Minister Russ Marchuk has his priorities backward. The announcement by Marchuk that the provincial school curriculum changes and standardized testing implementation would be slowed down to allow for more parent/teacher input begs the question, “Why did the Minister put the cart in front of the horse?”
The GPS would have allowed for adequate parent/teacher input from many communities before implementing such drastic and perhaps unneeded changes.
As well, the open concept showcase school at Douglas Park School in Regina seems to be experiencing the same problems due to lack of proper planning and little consultation before implementation.
Open area classrooms tend to be noisy and less than ideal for students who need quiet learning spaces, including most students with learning challenges. Acoustics experts have long been critical of such school designs and are rarely consulted on such projects. Most Open Concept Schools are packaged as examples of "21st Century Learning."
It’s time for Marchuk to be shuffled out of the Education portfolio. We have a situation that needs Premier Wall’s magic touch, so perhaps he should consider becoming Education Minister.
Victor Lau - Leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan